The Pond Book News #45 – Stories about Haunted Houses, Fat Acceptance, & Child-Stealing Forests


Welcome to Issue #45!

The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcomeSprout the sparrow, doing a curtsy with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Their cape swooshes in the wind with their arm extended in their curtsy. to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! We’re still working on our Book Community Spotlight feature too, and we really appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on getting it where we want to be. Now onward to the news!

Book Releases This Week [June 28th – July 4th]

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

If you’ve been looking for a good spooky book to sink your teeth into lately, you’re in luck because Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s bone-thrilling gothic horror finally releases on Tuesday! I was lucky enough to be able to read an early copy of this, and boy let me tell you—the journey that this book packs is a hell of a ride. Get ready for haunted houses, creepy wallpapers, and really, really weird fungi. (Also keep an eye on this space come release day too! 👀)

Releases on June 30th. Add this book on Goodreads!

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved… and take a stand for those they once hurt.

Daevabad fans in the US rejoice! The conclusion to this searing trilogy is finally here! I have heard ridiculously good things about this series and this final conclusion in particular, so I wait with bated breath the day I finally get into the adventure that S.A. Chakraborty promises in this world. Until then, I hope this final book fulfils all the hopes and dreams of all the readers who’ve fallen in love with Daevabad and the characters!

Releases on June 30th. Add this book on Goodreads!

Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be—can it?

A ravenous reader and researcher, Tillie has something of an addiction to truth, and she won’t rest until she unravels the mystery of her sister’s death. Unfortunately, Tillie’s addicted to more than just truth; to ease the pain from a recent injury, she’s taking more and more laudanum…and some in her immediate circle are happy to keep her well supplied.

Tillie can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and the opium swirling through her body, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a girl who relies on facts and figures to know what’s real—or whether she can trust those closest to her.

This book has been on my radar ever since I happened across its description on Goodreads, and it’s finally releasing! I’m so intrigued by this premise of vampires and opium, and I’m definitely keeping an eye out for this at my local bookstore once they reopen post-pandemic. Add it to your shelves!

Releases on July 1st. Add this book on Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera

Hell yeah, I love this cover! The switch from a warm color scheme to a cool one is so striking, but I love that the composition and elements are similar enough that the books still read as part of the same series!

Cover Reveal: Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

The way that I gasped while looking at this cover and its premise, my stars. I absolutely adore everything about this: the ominous illustration with a portrait silhouette doubling as the entrance into the spooky forest, the colors and the wonderful composition, the excellent, whimsical type treatment… HOT DANG. I have never added something to my TBR so willingly and immediately.

Cover Reveal: The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Oh I love how striking this cover is! Akemi Dawn Bowman’s so well-known for her masterful YA contemporaries that touch something deep and raw in the hearts of their readers, and I’m so curious to see how she’ll bring her signature writing to a sci-fi-esque premise. Keep this on your radar, friends!

Cover Reveal: The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series rejoice! There’s a new series coming out in the beloved universe, and its covers are looking stunning already. I love the black/gold color palette here, as well as the raven imagery!

Cover Reveal: Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira

This looks so cute! This Latinx YA promises dance, summer romance, and shenanigans galore, and it looks like such a promising read! The cover concept of the girl on top of the cake is such an adorable composition too.

Cover Reveal: Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles

This book promises exploration of gentrification, community, and justice all through the MG lens of a Black tween boy, and I’m all for it. These are such vital issues to discuss in the world we live in today, and I’m definitely keeping an eye on this release!

Cover Reveal: Like Home by Louisa Onomé

I love this so much!! There’s truly something special about the moments you get with your friends under a city night sky, all of you against the world. The feelings that this illustration invokes are absolutely top notch. The premise is so interesting too!

Cover Reveal: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Yayyy look at this adorable cover! I don’t think I’ve ever really read a Viet rom-com before, so this comes as such a breath of fresh air! Also that title is super cute, yo, who doesn’t love a good hearty bowl of pho? 🥺 Literally craving some now and it’s all this book’s fault.

Cover Reveal: A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha

I’ve been so excited for this book, friends! An f/f retelling of a Portuguese miracle, where one girl is cursed to turn all the food that she touches into flowers? This sounds like such an incredible debut novel, and I’m beyond excited to read it!

Book Announcement: Bullies and smarts in Nicole D. Collier’s upcoming MG contemporary

Oh yeah, we absolutely stan kids standing up to their bullies and proving them wrong by joining school contests out of spite in this household. This looks like it’s already shaping up to be such a relatable and adorable novel, and I can’t wait to see more news about it!

Book Announcement: A radiant YA anthology about fat acceptance and body positivity, edited by Cassandra Newbould!

YESSSSS more fat anthologies please! I’m already so goddamn excited for this—the author selection is such a cool and interesting lineup too! Kids still need to see so much more representation of different body types in fiction, and I’m glad that we’re slowly getting more and more stories by ownvoices authors about the joys and struggles of being fat.

Book Announcement: A non-fiction YA about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert

This is such a mightily important topic to discuss, and I’m so glad that we’re getting a YA non-fic book about it in 202! Brandy Colbert’s books are filled with so much care and sensitivity, and I have no doubts that this traumatic event is safe in her writer hands. Can’t wait to see more news about this!

Book Community Spotlight

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